Through 1 Quarter
Although the UNLV Rebels were the underdogs at kickoff, they’ve since taken control of the game. It’s still tight after one quarter, with UNLV leading 7-3 over the San Jose State Spartans. The Rebels’ offense has come from several players so far, with QB Cameron Friel leading the way by passing for one TD and 52 yards on eight attempts.
Both UNLV and SJSU suffered losses in their previous contests, but UNLV is closer to making up for it this week. UNLV is out front, but they can’t get complacent.
San Jose State @ UNLV
Current Records: San Jose State 3-4; UNLV 0-6
What to Know
The San Jose State Spartans and the UNLV Rebels are set to square off in a Mountain West matchup at 11 p.m. ET Oct. 21 at Allegiant Stadium. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the ‘W.’
SJSU fought the good fight in their overtime game against the San Diego State Aztecs last week but wound up with a less-than-desirable result, falling 19-13. The Spartans’ only offensive touchdown came from RB Tyler Nevens.
Meanwhile, UNLV scored first but ultimately less than the Utah State Aggies in their matchup last week. The Rebels didn’t finish too far behind, but the squad still lost 28-24 to Utah State. UNLV was their own worst enemy and cost themselves 95 yards in penalties. They might have lost, but man — RB Charles Williams was a total machine. He rushed for three TDs and 221 yards on 27 carries. Williams put himself on the highlight reel with a 75-yard TD scramble in the first quarter. Williams’ sharp performance set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season.
SJSU is the favorite in this one, with an expected 6-point margin of victory. Those who got lucky with them against the spread last Friday might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the team has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.
The Spartans are now 3-4 while the Rebels sit at 0-6. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: SJSU is 199th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with 11 on the season. UNLV has experienced some passing struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the contest with the 241st most passing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 17 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To WatchWhen: Thursday at 11 p.m. ETWhere: Allegiant Stadium — Paradise, NevadaTV: CBS Sports NetworkLive Stream: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Watch on your Phone: CBS Sports AppWatch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TVTicket Cost: $9.00Odds
The Spartans are a solid 6-point favorite against the Rebels, according to the latest college football odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Spartans, as the game opened with the Spartans as a 4.5-point favorite.
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San Jose State have won four out of their last six games against UNLV.
Nov 14, 2020 – San Jose State 34 vs. UNLV 17Nov 23, 2019 – UNLV 38 vs. San Jose State 35Oct 27, 2018 – San Jose State 50 vs. UNLV 37Sep 30, 2017 – UNLV 41 vs. San Jose State 13Oct 29, 2016 – San Jose State 30 vs. UNLV 24Oct 10, 2015 – San Jose State 33 vs. UNLV 27